Court admonishes lawyers for wasting time

FILE PHOTO: Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, who was arrested in connection with an investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, arrives at the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta, November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A brief sitting took place on Tuesday, in a court presided over by Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff, where Yorgen Fenech who is suspected of funding the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, is contesting the involvement of chief investigator Police Inspector Keith Arnaud.

During the sitting, a Jobsplus representative exhibited an employment history of a woman whose publication of the name is banned by court orders. The case was put off until 17 December.

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10:09 The sitting has been put off for December 17 at 9.30am for cross-examination.

10:07 Mr Justice Mintoff asked lawyer Victoria Buttigieg whether she would like to start cross-examining Fenech today. She replied that she was not prepared for cross-examination as she was not expecting it to happen today.

They are currently deliberating on the date.

10:06 Lawyer Marion Camilleri told the court that this is all the evidence they had for today. The court admonished her for the waiting time, with Camilleri replying that they are very tight on schedule. The court gave her one more day to inform it of any other witnesses.

10:02 A representative from Jobsplus takes the stand. He presented in court documentation relating to a woman whose name cannot be published by court order.

10:00 Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff enters Hall 19.

09:50 Prison director Alexander Dalli asked members of the press to show their press card before Yorgen Fenech was escorted in under high security. Six officers from CCF are in the court room.

Lawyers Gianluca Caruana Curran and Marion Camilleri are in the room appearing for Yorgen Fenech.

Lawyers Victoria Buttigieg and Maurizio Cordina are appearing on behalf of the AG’s office.

Dubai-based 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech has filed a constitutional case to have lead investigator Police Inspector Keith Arnaud removed from the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

In the last sitting, Fenech who is facing charges of financing the murder, said that the former chief of staff to the Prime Minister Keith Schembri would get information from Arnaud and pass it to him.

Fenech claimed that Arnaud is too close to Schembri to investigate serenely. He claimed that Schembri kept him informed about all the progress into the investigation, including the fact that his phone was being tapped.

Lawyers Marion Camilleri and Gianluca Caruana Curran are appearing for Fenech.

The court is presided over by Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff.